Man jailed for hiding HIV status from two girlfriends

Man jailed for hiding HIV status from two girlfriends

- A man has been sentenced to jail for infecting his two girlfriends with HIV

- According to reports, he hid his status and forged a text message lying about it

- The two ladies have all been infected with the deadly virus

A 23-year-old Ghanaian man, Japhet Osei of Reading, Berkshire in the UK, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was found guilty of lying to his girlfriends and knowingly infecting them with HIV.

Japhet, who is believed to be dating two women, has infected them with the virus after he told them he was not a carrier of the disease.

He had been diagnosed with the virus in February 2014 as a 19-year-old, but kept his status secret and passed on the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) to his two women.

23 -year-old man jailed for hiding his HIV status from his two girlfriends

Blood sample in a test tube. Credit: Medical News Today
Source: UGC

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The court revealed that Osei did not use protection with a 17-year-old girl he was reportedly dating.

He also went on to persuade another lady to have unsafe intercourse with him because according to him, she was his girlfriend.

The second lady, who is reported to have been more cautious and opted for Japhet to use protection had her suggestion turned down by Japhet.

The presiding judge, Angela Morris, said Osei lied several times.

’"Despite your knowledge of your medical condition you embarked on a sexual relationship. ‘Your actions are totally inexcusable."

23 -year-old man jailed for hiding his HIV status from his two girlfriends

Japhet Osei. Credit:
Source: UGC

She also ordered that Osei be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order where he is not permitted to have intercourse with any woman without telling her about his HIV status.

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The identity of both girlfriends were kept away from the public obviously due to some legal and privacy reasons.

They were referred to as "Miss A" and "Miss B" throughout legal proceedings.

Reports have it that the ladies fell ill and tests showed Osei had passed the virus onto each of them because expert analysis found they shared exactly the same strain of the virus.

Osei is purported to have also forged a text message that stated he had undergone a check-up in a sexual health clinic where he tested negative to having HIV.

He also failed to accept the help doctors offered him when it came to light that he was a carrier of the virus.

The court stated that not only did Osei conceal that he was HIV positive, he kept it a secret knowing full well that his particularly high viral count meant it was more likely he would infect partners through unprotected intercourse.

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